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March 16, 2018
Two Washington Post columnists wrote opposing columns last week on Down syndrome babies' right to life. The title of Mark Theissen's piece is, "When will we stop killing humans with Down syndrome?" Ruth Marcus called hers, "I would've aborted a fetus with Down syndrome." Ruth Marcus says she had two babies. If amniocentesis had revealed Down syndrome she would have aborted, "grieved the loss, and moved on." She condemns laws passed in North Dakota, Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana that prohibit doctors from performing abortions for the sole reason that there's a Down syndrome diagnosis. Ms. Marcus says that advances in prenatal testing "pose difficult moral choices" but it's still none of the state's business. Mark Theissen writes that, in the US, 67 percent of Down syndrome babies are aborted. This rate, though high, compares favorably with European countries. A CBS News report last year revealed Iceland's near 100 percent abortion rate for unborn babies with this genetic disorder. Denmark is close behind at 98 percent. In countries with socialized medicine, cost is a huge factor. A person with Down syndrome is often deemed too "expensive." Mr. Theissen advocates for a different view in this country. He describes the testimony of Frank Stephens before a House appropriations panel. Mr. Stephens stated, "I am a man with Down syndrome, and my life is worth living." He encouraged the lawmakers: "Let's be America, not Iceland or Denmark . . . Let's pursue inclusion, not termination." There are signs this message is gaining traction. The Gerber Baby for 2018 is a one-year-old with Down syndrome. The company chose Lucas Warren out of 140,000 entries for his "glowing and giggly" smile. Indeed, a 2011 study by Harvard University showed people with Down syndrome have unusually high rates of happiness; 99 percent said they are happy with their lives. And surveys show they bring great joy to their families. We need a culture that welcomes the Down syndrome child.

Penna Dexter Two Washington Post columnists wrote opposing columns last week on Down syndrome babies’ right to life. The title of Mark Theissen’s piece is, “When will we stop killing humans with Down syndrome?” Ruth Marcus called hers, “I would’ve aborted a fetus with Down syndrome.” Ruth Marcus says she had two babies. If amniocentesis had revealed Down syndrome she would have aborted, “grieved the loss, and moved on.” She condemns laws passed in North Dakota, Ohio, Indiana, and Louisiana…

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March 16, 2018
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Kerby Anderson   Harvard University placed a Christian group (Harvard College Faith and Action) on “administrative probation” because they “pressured a female member . . . to resign in September following her decision to date a woman.” Andrew Walker, writing in The Weekly Standard, makes the issue very clear. He says, “Harvard is disciplining a Christian student group for the group’s expectation that its student leadership follow basic Christian ethical teaching on sexuality in accordance with Christianity’s 2,000-year-old doctrine on…

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March 15, 2018
Young woman using phone lying in bed

Kerby Anderson Teenagers are sending sexually explicit images and videos to each other at an alarming rate. That is the conclusion of a study posted recently in the journal Pediatrics. The journal article, “Prevalence of Multiple Forms of Sexting Behavior Among Youth,” is a meta-analysis of 39 worldwide studies that included 110,380 participants. They found that sexting is more common than most parents would even imagine. The studies focused on teens between the ages of 12 and 17. The researchers…

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March 14, 2018
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School student Emma Gonzalez comforts a classmate during a CNN town hall meeting, at the BB&T Center, in Sunrise

Kerby Anderson You may start seeing the phrase “opinion laundering” more often in news and commentaries. Journalists have used the phrase to identify something that has been taking place in the public relations industry. Politicians and journalists try to get legitimate third parties to validate their policy positions. That way they don’t have to look like they are taking a position. Instead, they use someone else to express their opinion. Kyle Smith documents the latest way this is being used…

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March 13, 2018
parkland students mourn at a cross

Kerby Anderson One of the questions that surfaces repeatedly from the shooting in Parkland, Florida is why the FBI and local law enforcement didn’t do more to stop the shooter. He was a ticking time bomb who posted a number of threatening messages. And he assaulted students, cursed at teachers, kicked in classroom doors, started fistfights, and threw chairs. Despite all of this behavior online and in person, he was never arrested. He was transferred from school to school. He…

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March 12, 2018
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Kerby Anderson We are a divided nation in trying to decide what to do with immigrants who have come to this country illegally. That is why Congress has not passed legislation that will clarify the status of illegal aliens. That is also why we now have a number of sanctuary cities and sanctuary states. I have always wondered how far liberal politicians would go to protect these immigrants. Now we know. Look at what happened in Oakland, California two weeks…

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March 10, 2018
School to Mass Murder Pipeline

Penna Dexter After the horrific school shooting in Parkland, Florida, a meeting of surviving students was convened at the White House. Fifteen-year-old Justin Gruber reminded the president he wasn’t even alive 19 years ago when the Columbine High School shooting took place. The Wall Street Journal’s Peggy Noonan laments, “We’re in the second generation of public school terror.” Yet federal school discipline guidelines, complete with monetary incentives for districts, show we’ve learned nothing from these horrible massacres. The guidelines attempt…

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March 8, 2018

Kerby Anderson Are boys in America broken? Many certainly are. We see them in our prisons, on the streets, and in news stories about domestic abuse or even school shootings. That is why Michael Ian Black wrote an op-ed with the title, “The Boys Are Not All Right.” His commentary surfaced lots of emotions, criticisms, and profanity from people who read what he had to say. At the outset, let me say that though I agree with much of his…

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March 7, 2018
Harry became Sally

Kerby Anderson Ryan Anderson responds to our transgender moment in his new book, When Harry Became Sally. He begins his discussion by comparing two movies. The classic film, When Harry Met Sally, explored the question of whether a man and a woman can really be “just friends.” More recently, the film, The Danish Girl, asked a different question: Can a man really become a woman? The film was based on the true story of the first known subject of “sex…

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March 6, 2018
low cost insurance

Kerby Anderson The tax reform bill that Congress passed in December will remove the individual mandate to have a government-approved health insurance plan starting next year. Callers to my radio program wonder if that will allow them to buy a low-cost health insurance plan. That isn’t so easy to answer. Dr. Merrill Matthews was on my radio program a few weeks ago and suggested to members of Congress how they could provide a clear answer. His recent article in The…

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March 5, 2018

Kerby Anderson Will divisive debates about public policy break America apart? David French fears that could happen with the current debate and dissension over gun control. He wrote about it after the CNN town hall on gun control, but it could just as easily be written about the controversy and conflict that has surfaced this last week. It might be easy to write off some of the hysterics and hyperbole as an outlier. Surely the American people will regain their…

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